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Pupil Premium Grant

“Teaching, learning and assessment have improved rapidly and are now strong across the school. Consequently, all groups of Pupils are consistently making good progress.”


“The pupil premium grant for disadvantaged pupils is used well. Each pupil is identified, their needs assessed and funds used to give additional support. They also receive assistance for educational visits and events. As a result, these pupils are progressing well in their learning.”


“The school’s highly effective work to improve achievement has also paid off for disadvantaged pupils, and gaps in attainment and progress between different groups have closed or are closing rapidly across all year groups currently in school. This is an improving picture on the gaps reported in published performance information for 2015.”


(Ofsted November 2015)


The Pupil Premium Strategy Document for 2016/2017 is below.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure - Information for Parents

Report to parents 2014/15

Overview of the school

Number of pupils on roll:

206 (not including Nursery)

Number of pupils on roll eligible for PP funding:

61 (28%) (4 LAC)

Total amount of PP funding received:


What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011.  It consists of a funding allowance allocated to schools and intended to benefit children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.

Eligibility for the Pupil Premium extends to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 Free School Meals measure).  It is also available for the children of forces families and for those children who were adopted after 30/12/05 and those who left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Residence Order.

The fund provided school with £1,300 per pupil for the academic year 2014/15.


At Northlands School:

We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.  The headteacher together with the Inclusion Team leader Miss Sam Carter (DHT) the Pupil Premium Governor Mrs Sara Bolderston-Bowers the Inco Team and class teachers analyse the progress and attainment as well as any additional need of all pupils each term. 

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils including those who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.  When planning support, intervention and provision for all pupils an individual’s needs are assessed carefully by class teachers and members of the Senior Leadership Team.  Where it is appropriate, those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding are prioritised for support.  During 2014-2015 all pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding received support beyond that which is normally offered in school, this took the form of additional in class support, intervention, tuition, counselling participation in one off events, extra-curricular opportunity involvement or other appropriate allocation of funds.

Provision may include arrangements made to address the needs of pupils socially, emotionally, in terms of their learning, physical or any other need.  The needs of a child’s family are also taken into account.

In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who have received free school meals over the past six years will be socially disadvantaged.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

The resources allocated through the Pupil Premium are used in addition to the funds allocated to meeting the needs of all pupils by the school.  In many instances the provision made is part funded by Pupil Premium.

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a half termly needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.

Nature of support 2014/15

  • Funding of a  trained counsellor to work in school for  ½ a day a  week ( This increase to 1 full day in April 2015)
  • The funding of teachers to work as tutors in school providing support for pupils where needed on a 1:1 basis.
  • 1 day each week of DHT teacher time to provide focussed support and challenge for staff to ensure pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding were identified, tracked and interventions were allocated, monitored and successful.
  • Contribution towards the funding of Teaching Assistant support in school allowing teachers to work with smaller groups in lessons, to encourage pupil participation in lessons and to enable the successful implementation of interventions across the school.
  • Part funding of the Inclusion Leader and INCO to work closely with families to ensure ‘holistic’ support. (September 2015)
  • Input to support the relationship between the school and outside agencies to support individual pupils.
  • The training and availability of staff to respond to families in need or crisis situations. (CAF training , Children and Families Liason worker)
  • Funded and part funded extra-curricular opportunities and residential visits for pupils.
  • Funding towards special events including cluster projects to enrich the experiences of pupils.
  • Funding of The NEST nurture
  • Funding training of staff including phonic intervention RWI and EAL support children in the classroom, Talking Partners Training.



Measuring the impact of PP spending:


The school evaluates the attainment and progress of each pupil at least termly.  These assessments directly influence future planned support.  Pupils participating in planned focussed support are assessed in terms of academic progress and progress in other areas such as confidence, engagement, social or emotional development.  These are reported in detailed evaluations made by the Inclusion Team.


At the end of 2014 - 15(for PP pupils in Y2-6. 17 pupils):

  • 100 % of year 6  PP pupils were attaining at least 4pts progress in reading writing and maths. Compared with 0% of the same pupils in 2014.
  • All Pupil Premium children in KS1 are making good or better progress.
  • All Key stage 1 and EYFS Pupil Premium pupils are making good or better progress.


Year group

(previous year data)

% of children making good or better progress


% of children making good or better progress Writing

% of children making good or better progress Maths










50 (25)

50 (37)

87.5 (12)


57 (50)

57 (33)

29 (33)


75 (75)

75 (75)

50 (88)











As a result of pupil premium funding...

100% of pupil premium children have received additional support to target their specific needs.

16 Children have accessed 1:1 tuition.

7 Children have received a term of more of Nurture support.

13 Further children have accessed EAL support or developed their social and emotional skills through NEST Provision.

All Pupil Premium children have accessed small target group support with TAs.

All Pupil Premium children have received targeted intervention from their class teacher as a result of TAs.

2 Children have received FFT intervention.

8 Children have regularly accessed the school Breakfast Club.

9 Children have accessed  the indoor lunch time option.

9 Children have accessed counselling.

5 Children have accessed support through CAF.

9 Children have accessed support through the children and families mentor.

5 Children have accessed support through our more able challenge days.

All children have accessed 1:1 reading support.


2 families of Pupil Premium pupils were supported by the Inclusion Team in matters relating to parenting advice, learning support, emotional/ personal issues, and engagement with outside agencies and support with Home-School Liaison.


12  pupils received funding to participate in extra-curricular opportunities both within and outside of school.


5 families were offered additional activities during the school holidays but declined.

Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact Report 2014-15